Pitt County residents push back against cryptocurrency mining facility

The potential for a cryptocurrency datamining or processing facility in Greenville is causing Pitt County residents to push back.

The Greenville ENC Alliance has been working on a modular data processing project — a potential $55 million investment from a Minnesota company, Compute North. Current concerns center around noise from these facilities and the large amounts of energy consumed by them.

“I’m concerned generally about ordinance, code or zoning changes propelled forward by certain industries, that can often result in bad land-use projects that harm our waters and communities and only benefit a specific industry or facility,” said Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell.

Greenville’s city council is considering an ordinance request by Greenville ENC Alliance to amend Title 9, Chapter 4, of the City 2 Code to establish “Modular data processing facility” and “data processing center” as two separate uses, associated standards and zoning districts. The virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan 24, at 6 p.m.

Those who would like to weigh in on the issue can do so in several ways; the following gives information about how to comment: